If you're a student, fan, or follower of Warren Buffett, you probably are aware of many of his success tips for better investing or living a better life.
One classic piece of Warren Buffett advice may be a good starting point to overcoming obstacles that may be keeping you from achieving your full potential.
Get rid of your bad habits. Like, pronto. Because they can make or break you.
Buffett said, "I see people with these self-destructive behavior patterns. They really are entrapped by them."
He advised graduating students at the University of Florida's School of Business to learn and practice good habits early on before it's too late. The key, says Buffett, is to catch it early and change the habit before it changes you for the worse. He told the students, "You can get rid of it a lot easier at your age than at my age, because most behaviors are habitual." He added, "The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken."
Whether you're graduating from college or the school of hard knocks, habits can be changed at any time, whatever age or stage of life in your career journey.
If you're looking to change up a habit that no longer serves you, there is one thing that will make your transition a lot easier.
Change your environment
This may be the easiest way to change an unwanted habit that no longer works or is keeping you stuck in a rut, but it will take courage. Quite honestly, your environment may manipulate your decision-making more than you think. Every day, we face lots of choices -- from what to eat to what tasks to complete. Many of those choices sneak up on you and are hard to resist due to your surroundings and the people with whom you associate.
For example, is your peer network dragging you down? Tired of the criticism and negativity? Are you caught up in unwanted gossip? Reevaluate the people you associate with professionally, and carefully select the type of people that will contribute to your growth and wellbeing.
Your environment may trigger certain thoughts and desires, causing you to behave in ways you don't want. So, change your environment and you'll retrain your brain to make other choices.
Start with one bad habit
This process isn't as hard as you imagine, so the first thing to do is to stop thinking that your whole world needs to be changed. Instead, focusing on fixing one thing at a time is the key to lasting change.
Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, says that you should think of change as a project where you spend a month to change something permanently. Give it a month, and move on to the next "project." You'll be reaping the benefits of this approach for years to come.